Michael Kors, Condfidence Man
Michael Kors is the latest designer to sit down with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y’s Fashion Icon series. Kors and Mallis go way back, at least to 1991. That year, the ceiling caved in at one of Kors’ shows, precipitating the launch of Seventh on Sixth and the Bryant Park Tents, which Mallis used to run. “You changed my life,” she told Kors. The audience, which included Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer and Anna Wintour, got an education in Kors’ life, starting with his real name (Karl Anderson, Jr.), his fashion-obsessed maternal grandmother (“her proudest thing to say was, ‘I never repeat an outfit’ “), and his early modeling career. “My mom would go on her go-sees and I would go on my go-sees, and she’d put me in a cab by myself. If she did that now she’d be on the cover of the Post.” Among last night’s other revelations: He wore YSL’s Opium “as a boy.” The first thing he designed for men in the early nineties was bodysuits: “snaps and the male anatomy are not a good thing.” And on the night he married his husband, Lance LePere, last year, they had pizza at Sam’s in East Hampton and then went to see The Help. 2011 was a big year for Kors; in addition to getting married, he rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 15, becoming the biggest-ever fashion opening in the Exchange’s history. “How did that feel?” Fern asked. “It beat my bar mitzvah,” Kors said.
Here’s two more exchanges worth repeating:
“And how do you account for your success?”
“If I do my job right, my designs help boost your confidence. We’ve noticed that women at their most vulnerable moments—like, J. Lo two days after breaking up with Ben Affleck—go for Michael Kors.”
“Who will play you in a movie of your life?”
“If it’s a drama and vanity comes into it, I’m gonna have to go with Daniel Craig. If it’s a big box office comedy, Will Ferrell.”